The Getty Museum (The Getty Center)

Soak up the Sun and the Art at One of the Most Impressive Art Centers in the World!

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The Center and the Collection

Perched atop the Santa Monica mountains in beautiful Brentwood, The Getty Musuem or Center is a breathtaking site! It offers one of the best views in all of LA. You need to make The Getty a priority, whether you're visiting or if you live here and (gasp!) you haven't made it out.

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Hop on the tram and get ready to explore five two-story pavilions housing J. Paul Getty's massive collection of art from the middle ages to the present. You can expect to see works from such artists as Cezanne, Masaccio and Rubens. Van Gogh's "Irises" is one of the most famous pieces in the collection.

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Be sure to catch the medieval illuminated manuscripts. These ancient documents are incredible in their detail and use of color, including the use of inlaid gold leaf! The monks who were creating these manuscripts spent years working on a single volume. Needless to say when his fellow monk spilled his coffee all over it he was pissed! ;-)

We recommend devoting an entire day to the J. Paul Getty Museum as there is so much to explore in the permanent collection alone, not mentioning the various temporary exhibits that are put on.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

In fact, coming November 24th“The Medieval Scriptorium” exhibit, which will put on display the methods medieval monks used to create their amazing illuminated manuscripts. (until Feb.14, 2010)

Another exhibit starting November 17th is the “Migrations of the Mind” show which puts forth all manner of manuscripts dealing with the advancement of scientific knowledge over the ages. Everything from Chinese acupuncture to secret experiments in alchemy! (until Apr. 18, 2010)


On top of these fascinating exhibits the Getty provides various free on site tours at different points in the day. For example you can take a garden or architecture tour through the facility highlighting the other aspects of the center.

Or you can take one of the various art centered tours, such as the "Collections Highlights Tour" that will walk you though an overview of some the Getty's more important works.

For these tours you meet at the information desk.

Here is a link to the Getty and Getty Villa tour schedule. Enjoy!

Getting There

The Getty Center is located off the 405 freeway, north of the 10 freeway. Take the Getty Center exit from the 405 and follow the signs. Metro Bus 761 stops at the entrance.

Here's a map of the Getty Center's location


Tuesday-Friday and Sunday, 10:00 am-5:30pm Saturday, 10:00 am-9:00pm Closed Mondays and most major holidays.

Admission and Parking

Entrance to the center is FREE, no reservations needed. However, parking is 15$. Free after 5pm.

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As you can see, The Getty museum is a Los Angeles attraction that should not be missed.

If you want to get the full Getty experience be sure to check out our Getty Villa Malibu page. It breaks down the other Getty museum that houses all of the antiquities of the Getty collection, covering ancient Greek, Roman and Etruscan art, all housed in a recreated Roman villa!

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